2016 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Clos des Porrets St-Georges"

SKU #1388148 95 points Wine Spectator

 Earthy reduction in the aroma gives way to pure cherry, raspberry and stone flavors, revealing flashes of spice and dark, meaty elements. Dense and lush, with black fruit, spice and toast notes on the long finish. Powerful. (BS)  (2/2019)

93 points John Gilman

 Clos des Porrets is always the most red fruity of the Gouges family’s premier crus when it is ready to drink, but in many vintages, it can start out life quite black fruity and this is certainly the case with this very promising 2016. The nose wafts from the glass in a lovely mix of cassis, dark berries, bitter chocolate, gamebird, a fine base of soil and a nice touch of violets in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and still quite primary in profile, with a rock solid core of sappy fruit, superb backend mineral drive and outstanding focus and grip on the ripely tannic and very well-balanced finish. This will be superb with a decade’s worth of bottle age.  (12/2017)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Clos des Porrets Saint Georges, matured in 20% new oak, offers attractive dusky black berries on the nose mixed with cold black tea and bay leaf. Give it a couple of swirls and a lovely crushed rose petal note leaps from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, finely judged acidity, a little grainy in texture toward the finish. There are wonderful pure black and red fruits with a vein of blood orange on the finish. Though not as good as the 2015 maybe, this remains a fine contribution to the vintage. (NM)  (12/2017)

91-93 points Vinous

 Bright, dark red. A touch of reduction to the aromas of dark berries, subtle spices and black pepper. Fine-grained, juicy and discreet, with blueberry and blackberry flavors complemented by a note of dark chocolate and nicely framed by harmonious acidity and firm tannins. Slightly rustic but nicely round and sweet for its modest 12.5% alcohol. The tannins are fine-grained and ripe, and the finish displays sneaky length and lift. I like this! These wines were racked after the spring malos but not since then. (ST)  (1/2018)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is sufficiently reduced to overshadow the fruit but it appears to be ripe. Otherwise there is excellent punch and verve to the powerful and muscular flavors that possess excellent mid-palate density while delivering fine length on the balanced finish. This manages to be very Nuits in character without being unduly chewy or rustic. Once again, this is worth considering. *Outstanding*  (1/2018)

K&L Notes

91-93 points Jasper Morris, MW: "Rich dark purple with brighter rim, a little reduction. It is often a bit rustic according to Grégory. This has a lovely ripe fruit component, a bit of blueberry, the acidity is much better integrated. Good length, I would say almost supple for Gouges until the firm finish, fruit laden, with another little point of acidity." (01/2018) 94 points Tim Atkin, MW: "This 50-year-old parcel tends to produce wines that are comparatively forward for Nuits, but not without a degree of welcome austerity. Notes of fresh tobacco, mint and clove spice are complemented by red fruit concentration and well handled 25% new oak. The frost-affected yields aren’t noticeable here. 2024-32." (01/2018)

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- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


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- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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Nuits Saint Georges

- A long, narrow appellation, and the southernmost commune of importance in the Côtes de Nuits. Nuits St. Georges tend to be sturdy, muscular wines, which are tannic in their youth. There are no Grands Cru in the town, but several Premier Cru vineyards. The wines from the north side of the village, towards Vosne-Romanée are distinctly different in character than those from the southern vineyards. The vineyards traditionally among the best are in the South, including Cailles, Vaucrains, St. Georges, and Argillières. These vineyards are on deep brown limestone. The northern vineyards, on the other side of the river Meuzin, have more in common with those of Vosne Romanée. The vineyards are composed of pebbles and limestone, and the wines have more of the finesse and elegance of Vosne, but with the structure of Nuits St. Georges.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5